Claim: Lottery winners are sharing their fortunes with social media users.
Examples: [Collected via e-mail, November 2012]
This guy on Facebook says he won Powerball and if you share his photo, he will give
Origins: At the close of November 2012, the record Powerball jackpot was hit to the tune of
After the drawing, a couple in Missouri bearing the surname of Hill was identified as the holders of one of two winning tickets, and nearly
Nolan Daniels looks nothing like either of those winners. While the numbers displayed in the photo that he'd like others to post to their Facebook walls in hopes of being the lucky millionth poster do match the winning numbers drawn for the
As stated in the Powerball FAQ: "The tickets print the white ball numbers (the first five numbers) in numerical order."
A handful of days later, a Facebook post authored by "Sokhavy Hilton" appeared. He announced:
The chunk of cheese being used to lure the easily gulled had grown: while "Nolan Daniels" promised to bestow one winner with
In November 2014 a similar claim emerged, this one initially posted on Instagram before it crossed over to
Thanks @oprah & @tylerperry. Such a blessing for us to win this amount of money and now I'm giving back to those in need. My name is Rick Knudsen I won the California lottery of
While a man named Rick Knudsen did win a $180 million Powerball jackpot in California in September 2014, the Instagram account was a phony; mentions of Oprah and Tyler Perry were included to lend the hoax legitimacy.
So, once again, there is no free lunch to be had, no free-spirited
Last updated: 14 November 2014
Bradley, Tahman. "'Possible Powerball Winner Caught on Tape." WABC-TV. 29 November 2012. "Riverside County Father of Five Wins $180M Mega Millions Jackpot." CBSLosAngeles. 3 September 2014.